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Sir Antonio Pappano's new album of Vaughan Williams Symphonies 4 & 6 garnered major critical acclaim after its release on LSO Live in April. Now, the LSO's next Chief Conductor returns to our label with a new recording of the composer's beloved 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis'.
Known for its lush, expansive music for string orchestra, not only is the 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis' one of Vaughan Williams's most cherished works, it was named amongst the nation's favourite pieces in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2021. Also known as the 'Tallis Fantasia', its beautiful theme originates from another English musician, the 16th-century composer Thomas Tallis.
Vaughan Williams wrote the piece during one of his most fruitful periods of composition, after being commissioned by the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. In the end, he presented a landmark piece that his biographer James Day calls 'unquestionably the first work by Vaughan Williams that is recognizably and unmistakably his and no one else's'. It became the work to cement Vaughan Williams' reputation not only at home, but across the rest of Europe.
This recording by Sir Antonio Pappano was captured on Sunday 15 March 2020, the night before the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK, during the same Barbican concert in which his celebrated account of the composer's Sixth Symphony was also made. It joins our next Chief Conductor's crticially acclaimed recordings of the Fourth and Sixth Symphonies, and all works are available to stream on Apple Music and download on iTunes now.
Photos: © Liam Hennebry